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I give up. This board is too hard to understand.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2005, 10:35 AM ET

By Darren Rovell

If Jose Canseco is in need of some money, he isn't doing a great job these days of hiding it.

Among the items for sale on his Web site are autographed copies of his new book "Juiced" for $58 and an autographed White Sox game jersey for $749.95. Canseco has also offered his 2000 New York Yankees World Series ring for purchase.

The ring, with 22 major diamonds and 34.5 grams of gold, can be yours for the price of $40,000.

Ring selling isn't something new in the Canseco family. Canseco sold his 1986 American League Rookie of the Year ring for $5,100, while his twin brother Ozzie sold his 1990 American League Championship ring for $6,000.

"He's sold his trophies, his World Series rings, sold everything that had true meaning to the average baseball player," Oakland A's teammate Dave Stewart told the Tri-Valley Herald. "He did that because he never really liked the game."

Canseco's book had an initial run of 150,000 copies, though it is not clear how many have sold or if there will be an additional printing. The book has been among Amazon.com's Top 20 bestsellers for two weeks, but was not listed among the New York Times Top 35 bestselling books on the paper's hardcover non-fiction list Sunday.

According to reports in the Berkshire Eagle and Lowell (Mass.) Sun, Canseco owes $32,793 in taxes to the state of Massachusetts. But his agent said the slugger was not delinquent in his payments and the misunderstanding was due to the fact the accounting firm that handled Canseco's taxes did not file an income-tax return.

At this point, Canseco doesn't need money to defend himself against any libel suits. Players named as steroid users in the book -- including Mark McGwire, Ivan Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez -- all denied the claims, but none of them has filed lawsuits.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Wilson Alvarez, who played in Tampa Bay with Canseco, said he considered suing the slugger after he named Wilson as a steroid user, but said filing a lawsuit would be a waste of time.

"I'll just let it go," Alvarez said.

When the Yankees claimed Canseco off waivers in August 2000, manager Joe Torre said the team's interest in Canseco left him "stunned" and "surprised." Canseco earned the World Series ring after playing in only 37 games. He had one at-bat in the World Series against the New York Mets and struck out.

Mike Greenwell, the runner-up to Canseco for the 1988 American League MVP award, said earlier this week that he should be granted the award because Canseco cheated. But claiming the actual award would be complicated since Canseco reportedly sold it for $30,000.
Jose always was an honest fella...

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Juan Gonzalez responds to Canseco


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February 23, 2005

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The Cleveland slugger became the latest player to refute allegations made by his former teammate, saying Wednesday he has never used performance-enhancing drugs and that Canseco lied about introducing the two-time AL MVP to steroids in the early 1990s.

``It's not true. ... I never saw needles. I never saw pills. I never saw anything. ... The only guys who have put needles in my body are doctors,'' Gonzalez said.

In his new book, Canseco claims he educated Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro about steroids after being traded to Texas in 1992. Rodriguez and Palmeiro also have denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Gonzalez, joined at a news conference by agent Alan Nero, said his comments following a workout at Chain of Lakes Park would be his last about Canseco, who said injected Gonzalez and others with steroids.

``I feel sorry for Canseco. ... His comments hurt my feelings,'' Gonzalez said, adding that he's willing to take a test to prove he's clean. ``People who know me a long time in this game (know) I've never had problems with anybody. ... I have a clear mind and clear heart.'' Gonzalez said he is not angry with Canseco and he has no plans to pursue legal action.

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Asked if he feels there are a significant number of baseball players who have used steroids, Gonzalez replied: ``I don't know about the rest of the people. I know about myself.''

One of baseball's most feared hitters before injuries limited his production the past three years, Gonzalez has played a total of 185 games the past three seasons. He appeared in just 33 in 2004, when he batted .276 with five homers and 17 RBIs.

The Indians protected themselves financially by giving Gonzalez an incentive-laden contract that provides him an opportunity to make up to $2.55 million.

Gonzalez has a $600,000, one-year contract and has the chance to earn $1.65 million more based on plate appearances and $300,000 based on time on the active roster.

The Indians would like Gonzalez, who has 439 homers, to be their regular right fielder. He could restore some of the pop that's been missing since he batted .325 with 35 homers and 140 RBIs to help the Indians make the playoffs in 2001.

``I believe he has a complete understanding of what he needs to do earn a spot on this club. And, I think it's safe to say that everybody's rooting for him,'' Indians manager Eric Wedge said. ``There's no denying what his ability is. If he's healthy, and he's motivated like I believe he is, he's going to have an impact on our ballclub.'' Gonzalez is excited about being back in Cleveland and confident that his injuries, including the lower back problem that sidelined most of last year, are behind. ``The last three years is history. This is '05,'' Gonzalez said. ``I'm here, ready to work hard and help this team.''


Well, I just hope that Juan Gone can get close to what he did in...I think in 2001........he will be splitting time in the outfield, hopefully that will help him stay healthy. If he can stay healthy, the Indians got a steal.
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Canseco returns, calls for MLB 'cleanup'



Canseco returns, calls for MLB 'cleanup'


Associated Press

<!-- begin body-content -->CHICO, Calif. - Jose Canseco's most entertaining stuff came hours before he stepped back onto the field, when he criticized Major League Baseball and promised more significant steroids information.
His on-field performance left a lot to be desired.
Canseco returned to professional baseball with a three-strikeout showing as the designated hitter for the San Diego Surf Dawgs in their 4-3 Golden Baseball League win over the Chico Outlaws on Monday night.
On the steroids front, he got everybody's attention again - calling for a "cleanup" in Major League Baseball and suggesting baseball officials might play favorites when it comes to penalties.
"The policy sounds great, but that's not the problem," he said in a news conference five hours before first pitch. "There are major problems not with the policies but the individuals who are instituting this policy. For example, and this is theoretical, if Roger Clemens gets tested and he gets tested positive and it comes back, what do these individuals do with this policy? I think it's going to depend on a case-to-case, player-to-player basis."
Canseco, who wrote a book that helped persuade baseball to toughen its steroids policy, received a smattering of boos and cheers before the game when he was announced, then again when he stepped into the batter's box leading off the second inning.
Canseco - swinging a wooden bat for the first time in at least four years - also was hit by a pitch in a game that drew 4,501 fans for the largest crowd ever to watch a game in Nettleton Stadium.
"I don't know right now how to attack a breaking ball," he said while fireworks began exploding behind him. "The pitchers have the upper hand. It will take a week or so. I've struck out three times in the big leagues when hitting hot as ever and come back the next day and hit a home run."
He struck out swinging on four pitches leading off the second and again in the third on five pitches, getting razzed in the process.
"Juiced!" one fan hollered, a reference to the book. "That's not a big league pitcher, Jose," another man yelled. Canseco was plunked on his left side by right-hander Nick Singleton in the fifth.
The crowd clapped when he finally made contact in the seventh, fouling off a pitch moments before he struck out for the third time. Some fans even watched from the roof of an apartment complex beyond the wall in right-center.
Earlier, Canseco called Major League Baseball "the mafia" for the way it has handled the game's steroids scandal and said the sport might even hide the truth when it comes to big-name stars and positive tests.
"They're mafia, point blank, they're mafia," Canseco said. "I don't think Major League Baseball is enthused about finding out the truth. There needs to be a major cleanup in Major League Baseball. I think they are treading on very thin ice, and (commissioner) Bud Selig has to be very careful what he's doing because his job is on the line."
When contacted about Canseco's comments, baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said, "We wouldn't comment on anything he said."
One day after his 42nd birthday, Canseco noted that years of steroids use helped slow the aging process for him. He weighs 230 pounds - down significantly from his playing weight of between 255 and 260.
The former slugger - he has 462 career home runs - was back in professional baseball for the first time since finishing his 17-year major league career with the Chicago White Sox in 2001. Canseco signed with the Surf Dawgs last week for the remaining two months of the season, set to earn the league's maximum salary of $2,500 a month.
He even plans to pitch, featuring a knuckleball, and threw a bullpen session before Monday's game at the 4,100-seat ballpark on the campus of rural Chico State University, some 170 miles north of the San Francisco Bay area.
Before the game, the Outlaws gathered in the shade and watched Canseco hit about six homers during batting practice. Even concession stand workers left their posts to take a peek.
Canseco's return comes some 16 months after he attracted the attention of Congress with an autobiography, "Juiced," that accused several top players of steroid use - including fellow Cuban Rafael Palmeiro, who was suspended on Aug. 1 last season for violating baseball's new steroids policy and claimed he didn't know how the drug got in his body.
In a 2005 interview on the CBS television show "60 Minutes," Canseco also said he injected Palmeiro with steroids. Palmeiro is now out of baseball.
"The reason why I wrote this book is to fight Major League Baseball," Canseco said. "I feel one person can make a difference. I feel one person can change the world. I want Major League Baseball to know I'm not going away that easy."
Canseco accused baseball of cutting Palmeiro a deal to testify against him, saying MLB then went ahead and leaked Palmeiro's positive test out of fear that Congress would find out.
"I know what I know," he said.
Canseco is working on a movie and two more books, saying he intends to "rectify" his tarnished image.
"The movie is going to be devastating, no ifs and buts about it," he said.
Canseco said he will meet in the coming weeks with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, appointed in March by Selig to head the sport's investigation into steroids.
Baseball has toughened its drug policy several times in recent years, but Canseco isn't satisfied.
"They now realize it started with me and ends with me," he said. "The policy sounds great, but that's not the problem. There are major problems not with the policies but the individuals who are instituting this policy."
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Baseball dismisses Canseco’s allegations

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


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Major League Baseball yesterday took a stand against admitted steroids user Jose Canseco, calling the former slugger’s allegations that MLB might be playing favorites with some big-name players when it comes to positive drug tests "complete nonsense."
Canseco, who last played in the majors in 2001, returned to professional baseball with the independent San Diego Surf Dawgs on Monday. Before the game, he made critical comments about how baseball officials are handling the new, stricter steroids policy and said a "cleanup" in the commissioner’s office is needed.
Major League Baseball initially declined to react to Canseco’s latest diatribe, in which he called baseball the "mafia" and suggested the sport isn’t interested in knowing the truth about some star players’ use of performanceenhancing drugs. But one day later the league strongly denied Canseco’s statements.
"Complete nonsense," spokesman Rich Levin said.
"The policy sounds great, but that’s not the problem," Canseco said Monday. "There are major problems, not with the policies but the individuals who are instituting this policy. For example — and this is theoretical — if Roger Clemens gets tested and he gets tested positive …what do these individuals do with this policy? I think it’s going to depend on a case-to-case, player-to-player basis." Canseco’s return — he went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts and was hit by a pitch — comes some 16 months after he attracted the attention of Congress with his autobiography, Juiced, that accused several top players of steroid use.
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Not to say that his allegations are right or wrong, but if I were an employer of a successful company, I wouldn't re-hire a guy who'd been in the media trashing my business. But if he's still good enough to help a team win some games, I'm sure someone will sign him.
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Canseco set to pitch in All-Star game

Associated Press

<!-- begin body-content -->CHICO, Calif. - Jose Canseco is set to make his Golden Baseball League pitching debut Tuesday night in the independent league's All-Star game.
Canseco will pitch at least one inning in the game at Chico's Nettleton Stadium and also will participate in the pregame home run derby.
Canseco, who joined the league late last month, has been added as an honorary member of the South team.
"Canseco's pitching debut will just add another element to the fun and excitement that is the All-Star game," South manager Terry Kennedy said in a statement. "Everyone will have the opportunity to see him showcase both his bat and his arm in one day. And even I'm anxious to see Jose's knuckleball."
Canseco, a former American League MVP and six-time All-Star in the majors, got off to a slow start in his comeback in the Golden Baseball League. He struck out 11 times in his first 13 at bats, but is hitting .333 with two homers and seven RBIs in his last five games for the Long Beach Armada.
Canseco has been getting his arm into pitching shape the past two weeks and could be used in regular season games later in the season.
Canseco made one big league pitching appearance, working the final inning for the Texas Rangers in a 15-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox on May 29, 1993. He walked the bases loaded and allowed three runs and two hits. He threw 12 strikes and 21 balls, most of which were far from the strike zone.
But he tore a ligament in his elbow, ending his season. He said he felt a sharp pain in his elbow on his second pitch but stayed in and threw 31 more pitches.
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